SLEEP­ING TOO MUCH

CAN AF­FECT MEN­TAL SKILLS

The Gulf Today - Panorama - - HAVE YOU HEARD? -

While lack of proper sleep has been known to af­fect health, a new study has showed that peo­ple who sleep less or more than an av­er­age of seven to eight hours per night are more likely to de­velop im­pair­ments in their men­tal skills. The find­ings showed that sleep af­fected all adults equally. The amount of sleep as­so­ci­ated with highly func­tional cog­ni­tive be­hav­iour was the same for every­one (seven to eight hours), re­gard­less of age.

Also, the im­pair­ment as­so­ci­ated with too lit­tle or too much sleep did not de­pend on the age of the par­tic­i­pants, the re­searchers said. “We found that the op­ti­mum amount of sleep to keep your brain per­form­ing its best is seven to eight hours ev­ery night and that cor­re­sponds to what the doc­tors will tell you need to keep your body in tip-top shape, as well,” said lead au­thor Conor Wild, Re­search As­so­ciate at the Univer­sity of West­ern On­tario in Canada. “We also found that peo­ple that slept more than that amount were equally im­paired as those who slept too lit­tle,” Wild added. For the study, the team ex­am­ined more than 40,000 par­tic­i­pants.

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